The Domestic Abuse (DA) Alliance has been crowned Best New Business in the Chamber of Conscience SME Hertfordshire Business Awards 2022.
Co-founders Razi Hassan and Sahiel Shoeb attended the awards ceremony which took place (on Thursday 29 September) at the Langley Rooms, Watford. They were joined by DA Alliance ambassador and actor Lorraine Stanley.
Commenting on the award win, Razi Hassan said: “Sahiel and I were born and raised [in Watford] in Hertfordshire, which makes this award even more personal and special to us. We established the DA Alliance to help make a real difference to the lives of people experiencing domestic abuse, both in our hometown and across the wider county. Since then, our WEPROTECT instant victim referral service has been rolled out by Hertfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Police, and Cumbria Police as well as several specialist service providers across the UK who support victims of abuse.”
“We are thrilled to accept this award on behalf of our fantastic team – and our legal partner network – who work tirelessly to provide legal assistance and secure the necessary protection to help victims escape abuse. Since 2020 we have supported almost 6,000 Hertfordshire residents to help them break the cycle of abuse so that they can feel safe again. Our work is also informing the national framework to tackle violence against women and girls, and we are exceptionally proud that our WEPROTECT service is helping to improve the frontline response in this critical area.”
All regional finalists in the SME Business Awards are invited to attend the SME Nationals Final at Wembley Stadium on the 2 December 2022.
The Best New Business Award was sponsored by Sobell Rhodes LLP Chartered Accountants.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, help is available. Please call our helpline 0800 101 7110 or visit our website for more information and to make a referral.
DA Alliance Head of Communications, Rosie Watson, has been shortlisted for a Clear Path UK Diamond Heart Award.
One of the people who nominated Rosie said: [She] works so unbelievably hard for the Domestic Abuse Alliance taking on multiple roles and always ensuring that her advocacy, warmth and compassion are at the forefront of everything that she does. She is just amazing.”
Commenting on the announcement Rosie said: “The delivery of our WEPROTECT service is a huge team effort here at the DA Alliance so I am incredibly proud that our hard work and commitment to supporting survivors of abuse has been recognised by the sector. Only five people have been shortlisted in each category of the Clear Path UK Awards and there are some phenomenal achievers in the final line-up. I am honoured to be among their number and look forward to joining the other nominees at the awards ceremony on 7 October at Clear Path UK Conference 2022 in Watford.”
A full list of the Clear Path UK Award nominees can be found here.
Clear Path UK Conference 2022 brings together practitioners, policy makers and survivors to lift the lid on the root causes of abuse in our communities, highlight the biggest obstacles to healing, support and justice, and identify the solutions to overcome them.
Tickets are available to attend the Conference in-person or online. Book your place here.
The DA Alliance has been invited to speak about the impact of our WEPROTECT instant victim referral service at Clear Path UK Conference 2022. This national conference bringing together practitioners, policy makers and survivors to lift the lid on the root causes of abuse in our communities, highlight the biggest obstacles to healing, support and justice, and identify the solutions to overcome them.
WHEN: Friday 7 October, 9:00-18:00
WHERE: PwC Headquarters, Forty Clarendon Road, Watford
Join us, and a raft of inspirational speakers, including Natalie Page #TheCourtSaid, Claire Louise Chamberlain Founder of Clear Path UK and creator of The Four Cornerstones of Healing, Gemma Aitchison Yes Matters, and Becca Sellar Para-Athlete and Coach and Ambassador for Hope United EE “Not her problem” Campaign.
For more information about Clear Path UK Conference 2022 and to book your place visit: https://clearpathconference.org
The DA Alliance has been announced as a finalist in two categories – Service Excellence and Best New Business – in the Chamber of Conscience SME Hertfordshire Business Awards.
Now in their fourth year these prestigious awards raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising SMEs locally.
Rosie Watson, Head of External Communications for the Domestic Abuse Alliance said: “We are delighted that the judges have recognised the skill, dedication and commitment of our team, and our Legal Partner Network, who relentlessly pursue legal protection through the courts so that the people referred to our service can feel safe again.
“In the last year we have received over 3,000 referrals from Hertfordshire Police and other local services on behalf of victims who require immediate legal support. We have also helped to secure court orders for almost 250 Hertfordshire victims in the past two years – that’s two people per week who may otherwise have become a fatal statistic. We remain committed to providing legal assistance to anyone in St Albans, and across Hertfordshire and beyond, who is experiencing abuse, so they no longer have to live in fear.”
Winners will be announced at the Awards Final held at The Langley Rooms, Watford on Thursday 29th September.